Princeton University — Associate Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Programs


The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) seeks an Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs. This professional will report to the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and will be responsible for leading and supporting programs and initiatives for underrepresented undergraduate and graduate SPIA students (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities, all gender identities, LGBTQ, first-generation and low-income students, those with disabilities, different political and social viewpoints, and others).

This individual will be a member of the new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team at SPIA, whose strategic priorities include faculty, staff, and students, and will be a key influencer in building a more diverse and inclusive School. The professional will build programming that celebrates and bridges difference, serve as a mentor to underrepresented students, and be a critical resource for building an inclusive and supporting community where all students can thrive. This individual will serve an important role in pipeline initiatives as the Director of the Junior Summer Institute, (JSI), a seven-week program for rising college seniors from across the nation.


Programming and Student Support:

  • This professional will develop and execute events, workshops, community service, and speaker engagements that build inclusive community.
  • Assist in building or sourcing diversity training and workshops.
  • Act as an adviser and mentor to underrepresented students; serve as a liaison to resources within SPIA and other campus units including the Graduate School, Counseling and Psychological Services, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Disability Services, and others.

Junior Summer Institute

  • This individual will direct the Junior Summer Institute (JSI) and will provide programmatic vision and leadership for all aspects of JSI, including admissions, curriculum development, faculty and staff recruitment, logistics, and budget.
  • Serve as Princeton’s principal representative to the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) fellowship network, which has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service for more than 40 years.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the Graduate Program Office for instructor selection, curriculum development, and programming for JSI.

Affinity Group Support

  • This individual will serve as an advisor and primary contact, providing guidance and support the DEI Standing Committee and SPIA grad affinity organizations, including the Students and Alumni of Color (SAOC) Symposium, Gender and Policy Network, First., and Women in Politics Network.
  • Lead the planning and execution of the SAOC Symposium, a nearly 30-year tradition of providing a forum for discussions, networking, and strengthening the professional aspirations of students of color.

Collaborative Duties

  • This professional will be a close collaborator with staff across the School, including the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, Career Development and Alumni Relations (CDAR), Admissions, Office of Public Affairs & Communication and the Office of the Dean.
  • Work closely with the Associate Director of Graduate Student Life on programming, community, service, and other events or projects as needed.
  • Serve on committees within the School (MPA or MPP admissions and others) and University, as needed.
  • Participate in professional networks such as APPAM or NASPAA and other partner organizations as appropriate.



  • 3-5 years of work experience in higher education.
  • Master’s degree required.
  • Possess a high degree of energy, integrity, and enthusiasm with a deep commitment to cultivating inclusive community and fostering connection across difference.
  • Experience with conceptualizing and coordinating events for and with students
  • Documented experience working with underrepresented students in higher education is required
  • Ability to work independently on concurrent projects under pressure of multiple deadlines is essential.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong administrative abilities, and collaborative approach
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural competency to interact with a wide range of diverse individuals
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic academic environment
  • Occasional travel and work on evenings and weekends is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and experience in public policy and/or international affairs, student affairs, or related discipline.
  • Familiarity with the curriculum of graduate programs in public/international affairs and public policy.
  • Prior participation in one of the PPIA summer programs.
  • Prior experience in diversity and inclusion or student services in higher education; mentoring young professionals.

We at the School of Public and International Affairs believe that it is vital to cultivate an environment that embraces and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion – fundamental to the success of our education and research mission. This commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment and hiring as we actively seek colleagues of exceptional ability who represent a broad range of viewpoints, experiences and value systems, and who share Princeton University’s dedication to excellence.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW